Havoc

Homer understood; “For wreaking havoc on a strong man, even the very strongest, there is nothing so dire as the sea.” But Lucretius was wrong: “Lovely it is, when the winds are churning up the waves on the great sea, to gaze out from the land on the great efforts of someone else”. Joseph Conrad…

Hold infinity in the palm of your hand

“To see a world in a grain of sand, And a heaven in a wild flower, Hold infinity in the palm of your hand, And eternity in an hour.” – William Blake About a spoonful of sand taken today from Newtown Cove pier. The small beach is only larger stones, so this sand was water-borne to arrive…

Any1

“Any1 can give up, it’s easiest thing in world 2 do. 2 hold it 2gether when every1 else would understand if U fell apart, that’s strength.” – Diana Nyad Excuse the text speak, that’s how the original was written just recently. This one, obviously, given my own swim, I find particularly striking. Diana Nyad, for…

A Serious House on Serious Earth

I was thinking of the ladies coming back across the Channel on the boat after their swim. Many things cause me to think of the Channel now. I remember coming south from St. Margaret’s bay after completing our double relay in 2008, and though it was dark, the Channel was flaring like phosphorus in my…

An Snámh Mór Fada

“Let them think what they liked, but I didn’t mean to drown myself. I meant to swim till I sank — but that’s not the same thing.” — Joseph Conrad (The Secret Sharer and other stories) The Newtown & Guillamenes Swimming Club runs the Snámh Fada (long swim) every August. In reality it just runs…

“The ocean…

…was the best place, of course. That was what she loved most. It was a feeling of freedom like no other, and yet a feeling of communion with all the other places and creatures the water touched.” — Ann Brashares Seemed appropriate after the last post.

“No man…”

“No man has the right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training. It is a shame for a man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable.” -Socrates * I’m obviously not responsible for the inherent misogyny of two and a half thousand years ago…